I have mixed feelings about the subscription business model that everything seems to be moving to these days. On the one hand, I like being able to actively choose the individual content I pay for. On the other hand, it gets expensive quickly.
For example, I pretty much replaced all my print magazine subscriptions with Substacks. I love being able to pay authors directly but this is getting so pricey that I've decided to limit myself to just 5 subscriptions at a time. I want full access to many more, but I can't justify the cost.
That makes me think that I would happily pay $200 a year directly to Substack itself to avoid all the paywalls on their website...
But then - oh, look - we've reinvented cable.
This is my problem. Bundling generally keeps prices down but it dilutes the payments to the original creators. Direct payments are more rewarding to the creators BUT they get too expensive to allow me to support everyone I want to support.
So, in the end, what really is better for everyone? The individual subscription model or the bundle model?
What's your opinion on subscriptions and paywalls?